Apple Blocks Copycat from Cashing In on the iPad
Apple has hundreds, maybe thousands of copycats across the world, as companies are trying to rip off their products with similar designs and even packaging in an aggressive attempt to attract more buyers.
Xiaomi is one of the bigger companies doing it, and although some of their products are clearly Apple knockoffs, Cupertino never seemed to have a problem with this. Until 2014, that is, when Xiaomi filed an application with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register Mi Pad as an EU trademark.
The General Court, which is the European Union’s second-highest court, recently decided to reject Xiaomi’s application for the Mi Pad trademark because its name is way too similar to Apple’s iPad.
This decision was first announced in 2016 after Apple’s first complaint, with EUIPO itself admitting at that time that the similarities between iPad and Mi Pad designations could cause confusion among customers.
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